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50393 Childhood Strabismus

Date: Tue 23/02/2021 - Thu 23/02/2023

Provider: Luxottica Institute of Learning

Optometrist Credits: 0.50 General Credits

Event Type(s): Online


Strabismus (squint) is defined as any misalignment of the eye position. This can be in any of the three-dimensional planes, with horizontal and vertical misalignments being the most common in children. Generally, childhood squints can be categorised as infantile (present at birth) or acquired. While squints can run in families there is no known single gene attributed to misalignment to date. It is important for children to be assessed if they present with a strabismus early.

Vision correction is the hallmark of treatment. Associated underlying conditions such as albinism, dystrophies and cataracts should be identified and treated accordingly.

Duanes and Browns syndrome are incommitant squints compared to congenital esotropia/exotropia, which tend to be concomitant. This paper summaries the common infantile and acquired squints found in children and discusses the key assessment requirements and treatment needs of each group.

At the completion of this CPD Activity, participants should be able to:
1. Understanding the classification of Strabismus,
2. Key types of childhood squints and their salient features, and
3. Diagnosis and treatment options with overall prognosis in regards to vision and alignment.

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